Local volunteers compiling amphibian census

When three red-legged frogs moved into the pond at Ann Kastberg’s home near Castle Rock, she couldn’t be more delighted.

“They got used to me,” she said. One of the little froggies even let her pet him. “They’re as cute as can be!” she told an audience of frog counters during a recent training session.

Under Kastberg’s enthusiastic oversight, dozens of volunteers have hopped to it during the county’s first official amphibian survey. Adults and youth groups are wading through local ponds and wetlands, counting frogs, salamanders and the egg masses they lay this time of year.

The survey is an outgrowth of a similar effort that started in Clark County two years ago. Though many amphibian species are declining worldwide, little has been done to document frog and salamander populations here, according to Peter Ritson, an environmental scientist who set up the the Clark County effort.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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